Trees, transmission lines and your safety


Safety around trees

Our maintenance teams carefully monitor trees growing near transmission line easements to ensure they do not pose a risk to public safety, or to maintaining our electricity supply. 

As part of our monitoring program, we carry out aerial patrols using a remote sensing method called Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). This helps us to locate trees growing too close to the network that could create a safety or bushfire risk.  Trimming or removing these hazard trees is an essential part of our maintenance program and ensures we can continue to deliver a safe and reliable electricity supply. 

Planting wisely

If you have an easement on your property, you can minimise the need to trim or remove trees by choosing a species that will maintain the required clearance from the easement.  

The best way to protect your local electricity supply and minimise the need for trimming is to avoid planting large trees near power lines. 

Easements can vary in width depending on the operating voltage and design of the infrastructure. Before planting a tree, check our easement guidelines to determine the: 

  • required distance from an easement.
  • maximum allowed height in relation to the easement. 

Enquiries 

If you have any questions about planting or maintaining trees near transmission lines, please phone our Community Information Line on 1800 222 537 or email community@transgrid.com.au.